Caps acquire depth down the middle

Caps acquire depth down the middle
January 31, 2013, 5:45 pm
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In a move to acquire depth at the forward position the Capitals acquired center Casey Wellman from the Florida Panthers Thursday in exchange for center Zach Hamill.

Wellman has been assigned to the Hershey Bears.

Wellman, 25, has 23 points [seven goals, 16 assists] in 37 games this season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League [AHL]. He ranked third in points on San Antonio at the time of the trade.

A native of Brentwood, Calif., Wellman has played in 41 career NHL games for the Minnesota Wild and has 13 points [four goals, nine assists]. In 136 AHL games he has 105 points [44 goals, 61 assists] for Houston, Connecticut and San Antonio.

The 6-foot, 185-pound forward was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota in March 2010. He spent two seasons at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and compiled 78 points [34 goals, 44 assists] in 75 games and was named to the NCAA Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2009 and the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2010.    

Hamill has registered 22 points [11 goals, 11 assists] in 40 games this season with Hershey [AHL].

Laich update: Brooks Laich [apparent groin injury] skated with the Capitals at their morning skate in Toronto on Thursday but there is no timetable for his return to the lineup. Coach Adam Oates said Laich will need at least a few more skates before he is cleared to play.